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Colby
Colby Colby Colby

Colby is an OR to a local shelter.  He is 6-7 years old, 13-14 inches, 15 pounds, UTD, heartworm and fecal negative.  Colby is now neutered and has had a dental.

An update from Colby's foster dad:  Colby is a happy boy. He loves to be in the same room with you but isn’t necessarily a cuddle bug. He’s content to sit on a nearby chair rather than in your lap.

He’s gotten along great with his foster brothers/sisters, some of whom are very assertive, and ignores the resident cats. Colby is low maintenance and is capable of remaining crated while we are at work for 10+ hours a day. He does not mark in the house.

We've noted that new situations make Colby very nervous, and require slow movements and careful oversight.  For that reason, he's probably not a good candidate for someone who wants a dog to join them for outings to stores and restaurants. Once settled in, he’s a joy to be around and would make an excellent addition to an all-adult home.

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Piper
Piper    

Piper is a found stray.  She is ~9-10 years old, 15 inches, overweight at 30 pounds, heartworm/fecal negative and now UTD, spayed and has had a much needed dental.  Piper has a mild heart murmur for which we had a cardiac ultrasound performed; the radiologist confirms that it is not at a stage that needs treatment at this time.  She is medication for her arthritis, as well as a diet, as the increased weight puts strain on her joints.

An update from Piper's foster mom:  Piper is a lovely lady who enjoys being with humans and the resident Shelties. She is house trained and travels well in the car. Piper had been previously shaved (poorly) but her coat is already looking better with good food. She likes to be brushed and is never far from one of her foster parents. Piper has arthritis and moves a little slowly, but she’s on arthritis medication and her ability to move about is improving daily. She’d make someone a great companion.

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Benji
Benji Benji  

Benji is an OR for personal reasons.  He is ~2 years old, 13 inches, 24 pounds, neutered, now UTD, heartworm/fecal negative.  Benji is house and crate trained and loves people.  Benji has had several seizures and has been diagnosed with epilepsy.  We are working with our vet to get the ideal dose of medication to keep the condition stabilized.

An update from Benji's foster mom:  From his foster mom:  Benji is a friendly, high energy guy.  He is well house trained and does not object to being in a crate when I am gone during the day.  At night, he sleeps in a crate by my bed.  He does not like to share his humans and would do best as an only dog.  He notices the cat but does not offer to chase.  He barks a lot, sometimes in response to noise or other dogs barking, and sometimes for no apparent reason.  Benji is very food motivated and seems to be hungry all the time.  His anti-seizure medications are easily given just by tossing them on top of his food.  I can get him to do almost anything by tempting him with a treat.  He sits for his meals and walks well on a leash, and he is always right at my feet.  He has a confident, cocky attitude and would do well in a home where he could be the center of attention.

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Ripley
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Ripley    

Ripley is an OR due to family circumstances. She is 3-4 years old, 13 inches, now up to 12.5 pounds. She is UTD and heartworm/fecal negative. Ripley has been spayed and has had a dental. We took Ripley back to the vet because she was drinking and urinating quite a bit, and after testing, has been diagnosed with cholangiohepatitis.  She is on an antibiotic for three weeks and two liver protectant medications for two months/will be rechecked ~2/21.  Cholangiohepatitis is a chronic condition which, while it may remain quiet and asymptomatic for long periods of time, can be expected to have flare-ups from time to time that will require veterinary attention.

An update from Ripley's foster mom: Ripley has not been socialized and, while very shy and fearful, is no longer making a run for her kennel and has decided that our couch is the place to hang out.  She will sit next to us when we eat and accept food from us by hand.  She is doing great outside and comes inside when I call her.  My resident Sheltie likes her very much, and they have had some running and play sessions outside.  I have seen very nice progress in the week that I have had her.  She is a very sweet girl.  I hope to convince her that life is good and safe with people and homes!

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Harvey
Harvey Harvey  

Harvey was found as a stray/turned into a local shelter.  He is ~13 years old, 15 inches, 26 pounds, now UTD, heartworm positive, is now neutered/had a much needed dental.

From his foster mom:  Harvey has a calm disposition and so far, I have not even heard him bark.  He had some major dental work with extractions and oral surgery, as well as a neuter, shortly after intake, yet he ate soft food on the first night I had him home.  He has an excellent appetite and now that his mouth has healed, he is willingly eating dry food with just a little canned food added.  He is obviously a senior and does not appear to hear well, but he follows the other dogs out to the yard.  Although we do not know if he ever lived in a house, he seems to be house trained.  He gets along well with the resident Shelties (mostly ignoring them) as well as the cat.  He spends a lot of time sleeping and did not object to an extensive brushout once I had him home.  He is an agreeable, sweet old soul who seems happy just to have good food, a few pats on the head, and a comfortable place to rest.

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Foxy
Foxy Foxy  

Foxy was turned into a local shelter after the death of her owner. She is ~4 years old, 11-12 inches, spayed, now UTD. Foxy has been treated for heartworms and is now available for adoption.

An update from her foster mom: Foxy is no longer insecure in her foster home or other surroundings. She has a very close bonded with her foster mom and wants to be with her or have her in her sight while she plays. Until she gets to know people she exhibits socialization issues. She is protective of her space, however, she will come and check you out, in her own time and will make friends with you. She seems to like both men and women.

When she first came to us she would fight the leash. Now she is excited to go for walks. She has moderate anxiety in the car, but at the same time she loves the outings (especially in trucks). She has fireworks anxiety and needs to be able to find a place to hide. She is potty trained, and if you do not take her out, she will let you know she needs to go outside by barking or if she sleeps with you, she will lick you to let you know she needs to go outside.

She will sleep in her crate or in the bed with you (this is her preference). She loves to sit beside you or on you while you are sitting on the couch and plays with her toys. Foxy should be in a family without small children and other pets.

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Foxy

Available for Adoption

Lucky
Lucky Lucky Lucky
Lucky Lucky Lucky

Lucky5 is an OR to a local shelter. She is 5 years old, 15-16 inches, is now down to 31 pounds. She is spayed, UTD, and fecal and heartworm negative. Although only 5, she came to us limping on any exertion due to some degenerative changes in her hips. With supplements and daily walks, she is getting much more limber and only limps now when she is extremely tired. We are also working on weight loss to help relieve the pressure.

From her foster home: Lucky is a sweetheart who loves to go for walks and play in the backyard. She has good house manners and listens to commands to come and stop, unless there's a kitty or squirrel involved!  She's still shy around strangers and barks to warn them off but is never aggressive. She loves attention and belly rubs and would prefer to have her human all to herself.  Lucky needs an adult home without other animals.   A lovely lady who will make someone a loving companion, Lucky is ready for a forever home!

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Forever Foster

Angel
Angel Angel Angel

Angel, along with her "brother" Yukon, were returned to the program due to their owner's illness. She is 11 years old, 15 inches, 32 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, spayed, and heartworm/fecal negative. Angel is house trained and gets along with other dogs and cats.

Angel's vet felt a growth on her thyroid on her intake exam. Ultrasound revealed growths on both her thyroid glands, one quite large. We took Angel to a surgical specialist to have her evaluated for possible surgery, as it is often curative for thyroid masses. Additional testing, including an MRI, was done, and the surgeon concluded the large growth made the surgery risky and the outcome uncertain. We would very likely be doing more harm than good, and we made the decision to keep her, too, comfortable for as long as we can.

As with Yukon, just getting to this point was an expensive journey. Our goal is always to do what is in the best interest of the dogs in our program, within our ability to do so. Can you help us keep our promises to these dogs to always provide for them? We are so grateful for the support our donors give us. 



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Cade
Cade Cade Cade
Cade Cade Cade
Cade    

Cade is an OR due to his owner going to a nursing home. He is 13 years old (DOB 11/23/04), 15-16 inches, neutered, and now down to 23# on a program of appropriate diet and gentle exercise. He was treated for heartworms and has had a much-needed dental, and is now ready for adoption. Senior bloodwork indicated some elevations in his liver enzymes; he has been on medication, and rechecks show great improvement - excellent for his age! He will likely need to stay on these medications for life.

From his foster mom: Cade has come leaps and bounds in the past two years but still has some quirks. He is anxious if his routine changes at all; consistency is a must. Potty training is better, still a struggle at times due to outdoor living in the past. Fortunately, when he potties in the house, he consistently goes in the same spot! He typically wears a belly band to prevent messes.

He’s 17 lbs lighter and has an affection for all leafy greens! His treat intake is very limited due to chronic conditions he but he happily devours veggies/fruit. He eats a grain free, senior blend.

A typical day involves waking us up for breakfast and promptly falling asleep again after eating. He sleeps most of the day. He becomes animated when we get home from work or around 5:30 when he gets hungry again. His favorite thing to do is sit at the dinner table and share veggies with us. He sleeps in the human bed and can take up a lot of space for such a little munchkin. He loves dog beds (possibly never had them?). He plays musical beds throughout the day between naps.

He’s very shy with strangers but is content to be held all day by his foster parents and partake of scratches and rubs. He takes occasional walks but typically resists going out the door letting us know his desire to stay home. He is not fond of the car or new places; he is kind of a homebody! The vet still creates a bit of anxiety. He has allowed a few family members into his “circle of trust” but this took time. A thunder shirt helps some in the car as does riding in my lap if his foster dad is driving.

He knows one trick: jump on your leg if you are eating fruit! Needless to say, I have probably encouraged this behavior and reward it! He also gets great joy in shredding paper and will frequently pull random objects out of the recycling bin and then fall asleep after dropping them somewhere. It’s pretty cute, so he doesn’t get reprimanded. He has a slight mischievous streak for such a sleepy old boy. He doesn’t see or hear very well but that hasn’t stopped him from breaking into his food bag a few times. He is a chow hound, so a diligent eye must be kept on his intake to avoid regaining weight.

He’s had a rough go in life: losing his family, living outside prior to rescue, and dealing with health complications. Fortunately, his vets have found the right combination of medications and supplements to keep him happy.

He needs a relaxed, understanding family who has the experience and patience to deal with his quirks and medical issues. His people must accept his issues and realize that he is unlikely to change in his advanced age. He needs people that are home in the evenings and weekends to cuddle him and snuggle him and maintain his routine. Other mature or senior dogs are helpful for easing his anxiety. He has figured out quite a bit from mimicking and following his brothers. He is very tolerant of quiet, school age children that know how to handle animals.

Note: medical issues include chronic liver enzyme elevations, hyperlipidemia, and bile sludge (managed with actigal, supplements, periodic labs, and diet)

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Forever Foster

Maggie
Maggie Maggie Maggie
Maggie    

Maggie is a found stray.  She is 10+ years old, 15 inches, 30 pounds, spayed, is now UTD, and is now heartworm and fecal negative.  She also has some wounds on her body that have healed.  She is very happy, friendly and well adjusted.

Since Maggie was heartworm positive when she came into our program, she underwent heartworm treatment after intake.  Unfortunately, after initial treatment, she went into congestive heart failure and was in critical condition for a few days.  Once her condition stabilized, she went into permanent foster care and was placed on a number of daily medications.  Because of her condition, we will not be making her available for adoption, but will keep her in our program as long as her quality of life is good.

Maggie has been followed carefully with veterinary care since her initial episode.  She was initially on five medications daily.  After several visits with a veterinary cardiologist and regular cardiac ultrasounds to recheck her condition, her status has actually improved.  Whereas she did have a moderate grade heart murmur and severe pulmonary hypertension, the murmur has disappeared and her hypertension has lessened.  She currently takes three different medications twice a day, as well as monthly heartworm preventative.

From her foster mom:  Maggie came to me as a Forever Foster in summer of 2014.  Although she gave us all some scares when she went into heart failure, she is a fighter and has made remarkable strides in regaining her health.  We don't know how old she is, but she is obviously a senior.  The main cardiac side effect that is still present is a persistent cough.  It doesn't slow her down, though.  She is the boss dog in the household and makes sure all the resident dogs, as well as new foster dogs, are aware of it.  Our goal for Maggie will be to provide whatever care she needs to keep her comfortable and happy.



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